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Reminder: Remote CPD day and AGM – 6th November 2020

As part of its annual programme, the Veterinary Deer Society is undertaking a day of deer focussed CPD online, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. The agenda for the day is as follows: 11.00 Meeting opens – delegates log onto Zoom platform 11.15 Deer, ticks and vector borne diseases – Richard Birtles 12.00 Park deer and Tb – Peter …

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Rutting injuries – Tips for vets dealing with farmed deer

As we come into the rut, veterinarians may be asked to deal with animals that have become injured as a result of behavioural changes associated with rutting behaviour. There are a few tips for clinicians asked to attend injured deer during the rut: Human safety first. Rutting stags are dangerous animals. Even semi-tame stags will dramatically alter behaviour during the …

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Cervine Animal Product Import – Chronic Wasting Disease Restrictions

One of the international issues facing cervids and cervid products is the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in parts of the United States of America, Canada and Scandinavia as well as other parts of the world. This has led to a ban of import of live animals from Norway and parts of Sweden and Finland, and certain animal products …

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Remote CPD day and AGM – 6th November 2020

This year, the Veterinary Deer Society is planning on running a day’s CPD event focussing on deer. Due to the continuing difficulties of large gatherings, the intention of this CPD day is to be via Zoom, or another electronic media which will be confirmed closer to the time. An Annual General Meeting will also be conducted for members of the …

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June 2020 – Website Updates

As part of the Veterinary Deer Society’s ongoing review of their practices and resources, we have been updating and introducing new areas to the website. Please log in and check the “Our Publications” page for access to these resources, such as webinars, academic papers and conference proceedings. We are also in the process of setting up a forum on the …

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May 2020 – Calving Season

As we move through May, red deer across the country will be beginning to calve, with fallow deer following after. Whilst often this process requires very little veterinary intervention, dystocia is sometimes seen and must be managed appropriately. Usually, manual intervention is only possible with appropriate handling facilities in the farm scenario and tends to be a salvage procedure for …

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COVID-19 Reminder

With the current turbulence in the world and for the veterinary profession, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all members of the Veterinary Deer Society should familiarise themselves with the RCVS and BVA guidelines surrounding visits and clinical practice. Whilst visits may be difficult, adherence to government and industry guidelines should be a priority for the clinician. If you have any …

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April 2020 – Update

VDS Congress 2019 - Panel

Members can access the April 2020 newsletter on the website under the “Publications” section. It includes a brief overview of the conference held at the Moredun in November 2019 and details about organisations that have an interest in deer including APHA, the British Deer Society and the British Deer Farms and Parks Association.  There is also a selection of abstracts …

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Veterinary Deer Society Congress 2019

The Veterinary Deer Society is running a congress on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November 2019 at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh. The conference is open to any who wish to attend, whether they are veterinarians wanting to increase their clinical knowledge of cervids, or non-veterinarians who are particularly interested in current research and scientific advances in the deer …

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Chronic Wasting Disease-Protecting Scotland’s Deer

The VDS has contributed advice towards the development of a new leaflet by the Deer Management Round Table entitled: Chronic Wasting Disease-Protecting Scotland’s Deer. It contains a brief explanation of the disease, the perceived consequences of its intrusion into the UK and guidelines to reduce the chance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) entering the UK deer population. The leaflet can …

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